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AccuWeather Predicts Record-Breaking Lake-Effect Snowfall with Greater Accuracy, Earlier Than Anyone Else


AccuWeather's world-renowned meteorologists accurately predicted, using forecasts backed by Superior Accuracy, the most accurate snowfall totals, and earlier than any other weather source.

Key Highlights

AccuWeather was the only source to predict up to six feet of snow south of Buffalo, while competitors only predicted up to two feet of snow.

AccuWeather predicted extreme snowfall rates of up to six inches an hour, two days ahead of competitors.

AccuWeather's superior forecasts provided more detail, context, and impacts than anyone else, warning of a life-threatening event days in advance and saving more lives.


AccuWeather's meteorologists provided the most advanced notice of the historic snowfall event earlier than our competitors providing businesses with much-needed time to be safer and prepare for disruptions to business operations days in advance. 

Three days in advance of the snow and two days in advance of any other source, AccuWeather for Business issued its first Storm Potential Notice, allowing customers to use the AccuWeather AssetReport™. This exclusive report helped to automatically identify specific company assets at risk, including total snowfall amounts for each asset – critical for such a situation with sharp variations in snowfall over short distances.


AccuWeather's meteorologists issued the most accurate forecasts by predicting up to six feet south of Buffalo. In comparison, our competitors only predicted up to two feet of snow, then changed their predictions to non-specific "multiple feet." 

AccuWeather also warned of dangerous impacts first by letting businesses know to plan for disruptions from heavy snow, causing major road and interstate closures, power outages, and possible roof damage. 


Protect your business and team members by making the best weather-impacted decisions with AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service, backed by forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™. AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service offers location-specific forecasts and 24x7x365 consulting services for snow, ice, blizzards, and other winter-hazard events. Whether you prefer five days or four hours of advance notice, our alert timing is customizable to your needs.

AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service features include: 

  • Precise weather event start and end times
  • Total expected snow and ice accumulations
  • Specific changeover times for snow, ice, and rain
  • Hourly temperatures and wind conditions before, during, and after the storm
  • Post-storm weather conditions, including verified precipitation amounts.

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